On Consumption Bunching under Campbell-Cochrane Habit Formation
AbstractCampbell and Cochrane (1999) propose a preference specification that can explain a wide variety of asset pricing puzzles such as the high equity premium. They augment the basic power utility function with a time-varying subsistence level, or "habit", which is in the spirit of "catching up with the Joneses" but with a novel nonlinear mapping of consumption into habit. This paper demonstrates a surprising implication of the Campbell-Cochrane preference specification: consumption bunching is desirable.
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Catching-up-with-the-Joneses preferences; habit; consumption bunching;
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